Bleeding Gums During Pregnancy
You're already feeling bloated and tired from your pregnancy and now your gums are bleeding. What's up with that?! It's actually a fairly common problem during pregnancy, but that doesn't mean it's normal (or healthy).
Here is what causes your gums to bleed during pregnancy and what you should do about it:
- Your gums bleed when you floss or brush because your higher progesterone levels make your gums more sensitive to the bacteria in plaque.
- You may develop a pregnancy tumor on your gums—but don't worry. It's pretty rare and entirely benign.
- Be extra good about brushing and flossing during pregnancy. Untreated gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease.
- Visit your dentist or periodontist so they can remove plaque and tartar. Be sure to tell them that you're pregnant.